New English PEN partnership celebrates the reader

English PEN will be working with leading literature organisations on a brand new Readers Prize for 2013

IFFP logo.420x265We are pleased to announce our involvement in a new Readers’ Project focusing on engagement with world literature. English PEN, together with the Reading Agency and the British Centre for Literary Translation, are partnering with Booktrust to give 300 Readers the chance to shadow this year’s Independent Foreign Fiction Prize.

The Project is kindly supported by Free Word Strategic Commissioning Fund and the NALD Futures Fund (administered by Writers’ Centre Norwich).

Readers will gather together at the Free Word Centre on 18 May to vote on their favourite shortlisted title, crowned the Independent Foreign Fiction Readers’ Prize (IFFRP) winner and will also enjoy a programme of activities on the day, including atranslation dueland a talk from IFFP judge and author Elif Shafak.
The Project will generate research into barriers to readers’ engagement with translated literature which will inform our Writers in Translation work, and build on various collaborative ventures, such as International Translation Day and the Literary Translation Centre at London Book Fair. Readers will be encouraged to analyse their own reading habits and perceptions throughout the project.
The Independent Foreign Fiction Prize celebrates an exceptional work of fiction by a living author which has been translated into English from any other language. Uniquely, it acknowledges both the author and the translator equally, recognising the importance of the translator in their ability to bridge the gap between languages and cultures.

For further information about the is available on the Booktrust website.

Supported by Free Word Strategic Commissioning Fund and the NALD Futures Fund (administered by Writers’ Centre Norwich)


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